The Buzz: Vitamin D Deficiency and Depression in Pregnant Women

Written by Alexis George

October 20, 2020

What is vitamin D? Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin naturally present in some of the foods that we eat, but a majority of our vitamin D absorption is through the sun. When ultraviolet (UV) rays strike our skin they trigger vitamin D synthesis in our bodies. It is difficult to obtain the necessary amounts of vitamin D through food alone and this is why 40% of Americans are deficient in vitamin D (Parva et al., 2018). This number is significant because the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can negatively affect individuals daily lives. The recommended daily allowances for vitamin D are as follows:

Vitamin D Deficiency

The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can contribute to significant discomfort in one's daily life. Vitamin D can affect immune function and energy levels.

What is contributing to the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the United States?

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